There are several excellent ancient history inquiry units available for download on the internet. More are being added all the time! Check out these compelling questions and the lessons and resources that accompany them. Feel free to comment if you know of a resource that isn’t listed.
This inquiry unit from C3teachers.org is designed for 6th grade students but could be adapted for older or younger kids. It explores three supporting questions that prompt students to explore new technologies, Mesopotamia, and the consequence of agriculture. It also includes primary and secondary sources including some graphs and images of artifacts.
This lesson from the Stanford History Education Group includes 5 documents students will explore to determine how the Great Pyramid was built. It also includes a Powerpoint for classroom use.
This lesson from the Stanford History Education Group gives students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the area of evidence evaluation by determining the strengths and weaknesses of different historical documents. Included are the lesson plans, resources and Powerpoint for classroom use.
The Olympics were so much more than just “fun and games.” This lesson from c3teachers.org walks students through three supporting questions that examine the history and mythology of the Olympics, the goals of modern Olympics and the role of the arts in both.
A great question to ask about the United States today as well as Ancient Rome! This Stanford History Group lesson includes several primary sources, guiding questions and student handouts. This is a great lesson for reinforcing the definition of the word “Republic” and evaluating what it means to truly be one.
Most students love to argue. Why fight it? This Stanford History Education Group lesson will examine whether or not Athens was truly democratic and includes all the needed materials!
This lesson from c3teachers.org is geared toward 6th-7th grade students but could be adapted for older or younger students. Students will look at the geography of the region as well as the perceptions the Chinese and the Romans had about each other. It might seem like a simple “yes” or “no” answer, but I think examination of the resources will lead you to find that it’s much more complicated!
This lesson from Stanford History Education Group is best introduced after students have studied the Roman Empire and may require multiple class periods. The lesson includes a timeline, necessary primary and secondary sources, guiding questions and a claims organizer.
A great lesson in historical perspective brought to us by the fine folks at Stanford History Education Group. This lesson includes everything you need to examine the misconceptions about the Plague during the 14th century.